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Indoor plants: How they improve well-being

by Josephine Andrews
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Indoor plants not only beautify the apartment, they also improve the indoor climate and thus our well-being. Read here what positive effects the plants have and which species are particularly good for the study, bedroom and living room.

Indoor plants: This is the effect they have on the indoor climate!

Plants improve the indoor climate because they carry out photosynthesis. This means: They produce oxygen and consume carbon dioxide. That is why they are particularly useful in the rooms where we stay for a long time. They really let us breathe a sigh of relief.

Another benefit of plants: they evaporate water through their leaves, thereby helping to humidify the air. There are also plants that fight pollutants. However, this does not apply to everyone. NASA studies showed that plants such as ivy and the dragon tree belong to it.

Healthy and well-groomed indoor plants have these functions:

  • donate oxygen
  • humidify the air
  • muffle noise
  • (some) combat pollutants
  • have a relaxing effect due to the green of their leaves

Better air through indoor plants: you should pay attention to this!

In order to get better air in your rooms through plants, it is best to follow these tips:

  • The air in a room gets better the larger the leaf surface of the plant.
  • Plants with many small leaves have a greater effect than large-leaved and sparsely-leaved species.
  • At least one plant per nine square meters is important in order to have an effect on the indoor climate.
  • Plants in hydroponics have the strongest effect on indoor air. In so-called hydroponics, plants grow in expanded clay or clay granules. This allows them to provide themselves with water over a longer period of time.
  • Plants with high water requirements have the greatest impact on air humidification. These include, for example, cypress grass and room bamboo.
  • Spider plant, ivy, single leaf or twine are particularly well suited to filtering pollutants from the air.

The best indoor plants for the home office

The corona pandemic has led to more people working from home. Desk, cupboards, folders: Offices are usually soberly furnished. Plants loosen up this atmosphere and, with their green leaves, ensure a relaxed view in the home office.

When choosing plants, pay attention to the amount of light in your study or workplace. Also, keep in mind that offices are usually heated during the week and the air is therefore dry. On the other hand, the office cools down at the weekend and while you are on vacation. The temperature differences are therefore large.

Easy-care and hardy varieties are therefore suitable as office plants. The most popular plants for the study include the dragon tree, the rubber tree, the window leaf and succulents such as the Christ’s thorn. For example, scalloped hemp grows in low light. This also applies to the Dieffenbachie and Schusterpalme.

When the heating in the study is on on colder days, the air dries out quickly. A large, dense-leaved room bamboo is then helpful. Efeutute is also able to filter substances such as formaldehyde or benzene from the air.

The best indoor plants for the home office at a glance:

  • Drachenbaum (Dracaena)
  • Gummibaum (Elastic fig)
  • Monstera deliciosa
  • Succulents like the Christ’s Thorn (Euphorbia milii)
  • Bow Hemp (Sansevieria trifasciata)
  • Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
  • Schusterpalme (Aspidistra elatior)
  • Dieffenbachie (Dieffenbachia)
  • Harp shrub (Plectranthus fruticosus)
  • Ivy (Heder)
  • Efeutute (Epipremnum pinnate)
  • Zimmerbambus (Pogonatherum paniceum)

The best plants for the living room and dining room

The vast majority of plants like it bright. In typical living rooms such as living and dining rooms, there are usually bright spots, especially around windows and balcony doors.

However, the blazing sun of a south-facing window is too much even for plants that need light – this applies to both winter and summer. You should therefore regularly provide shade at midday, for example with blinds or paper umbrellas. Or generally look for a place for the plants where they are not exposed to direct sun. In shady places, among other things, the bow hemp also feels at home here.

These plants are suitable for the living and dining room:

  • Bow Hemp (Sansevieria trifasciata)
  • Orchids like Cymbidium
  • Kalanchoe blossfeldiana (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)
  • Coconut palm (Cocos nucifera)
  • Succulents like the Christ’s Thorn (Euphorbia milii)
  • Cyprus grass (Cyperus species)
  • Edel-Pelargonium (Pelargonium-Grandiflorum-Gruppe)

These plants are suitable for the bedroom

In the bedroom, it is better to avoid strongly scented flowering plants such as gardenia or jasmine. With a mold allergy, it is important to ban plants from the bedroom. The background: the moist substrate in the flower pot favors fungal spores.

When choosing plants for the bedroom, it is important that they feel comfortable even at low temperatures below 18 degrees. These plants include:

  • Azalee, Rhododendron (Rhododendron-Hybriden)
  • Efeuaralie (Fatshedera lizei)
  • Hydrangea (Hydrangea hybrids)
  • Kamelie (Camellia japonica)
  • Palmfarn (Cycas revoluta)
  • Silbereiche (Grevillea robusta)
  • Zimmeraralie (Fatsia japonica)
  • Zimmerlinde (Sparrmannia africana)

Popular indoor plants with a good effect on the air in the room

These species are among the currently most popular indoor plants, which also have a positive effect on the air in the room:

Efeutute (Epipremnum pinnate)

The ivy is a green climbing and ornamental tree plant. It grows creeping and climbing and is particularly good in hanging baskets. Efeutute is native to Southeast Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands. It is available with different leaf patterns.

The plant likes it bright, but without direct sunlight. If it gets too little light, the leaf pattern no longer develops. Water an ivy regularly and avoid letting it dry out.

NASA has found that ivy filters benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethene, xylenes and toluene from the air.

Monstera deliciosa (Monsterleaf)

The Monstera deliciosa is one of the trend plants. The main reason: the slightly shiny and distinctive leaves. Their homeland are the Central American rainforests. It is robust, tough and likes a bright spot in the home with indirect light.

Water a Monstera deliciosa vigorously once a week. It is important that the water can drain through the pot hole. As a guide, if the top layer of soil is dry, the plant needs water.

According to NASA findings, the plant removes pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde from the air and, thanks to its large leaves, provides a lot of oxygen.

Bow Hemp (Sansevieria)

The sheet hemp is a relatively uncomplicated green roommate. Its origin is in Africa. There are about 70 different types. Its pointed and sword-shaped leaves, which have light or dark green horizontal stripes, are characteristic.

It is important for the bow tie hemp to be in a room with at least 15 degrees. 21 to 24 degrees are ideal for him. Don’t water it too much. Bow hemp is able to store water in its leaves.

The plant is suitable against pollutants such as trichloroethane, benzene or formaldehyde.

spider plant

The spider plant belongs to the grass lily family. Its origin is in the subtropical areas of South Africa. It has long green leaves. The “Variegata” variety is yellow or whitish striped. The leaves of “Curly Locks” twist in a spiral.

The spider plant prefers semi-shady and warm locations. It also requires moist soil, so it’s important that you water it regularly. According to NASA findings, a spider plant filters formaldehyde, as well as xylenes and toluene from the air.

Drachenbaum (Dracaena)

The dragon tree is a popular plant for the office. It has long, narrow leaves resembling a spear. It depends on the type and variety whether they are green, striped or speckled.

The dragon tree is native to the tropics and subtropics of Africa and the Canary Islands. He therefore likes it warm, bright and humid. However, the direct sun is too much for him. Normally it is sufficient if you water it once a week.

Like ivy, it is able to filter benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethene, xylene and toluene from the air.

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